PM’s remark against gau rakshaks for damage control ahead of polls: Mayawati

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2016 01:37 IST
BSP supremo Mayawati said PM Modi’s words against cow vigilantism were more for damage control ahead of the UP Assembly elections, where the Dalit vote share is of importance. (HT File photo)

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should tell the members of cow vigilante groups, as well as BJP and RSS leaders, that cows were dying due to plastic consumption. The cow vigilante groups were active in BJP-ruled states and the PM should direct the CMs to rein in the anti- social elements, she said.

She also said instead of directing the state governments to prepare a dossier of the anti-social elements running a cow protection campaign, the prime minister should ask the ministry of home affairs to take strict action against such elements. It seemed that the PM was more concerned about a damage-control exercise, particularly keeping in mind the coming assembly election, she remarked.

In a press release, Mayawati said it was after two years that the PM? broke his silence on atrocities on dalits by the cow vigilante groups. No action had been taken against the accused who flogged dalit youths in Una, she claimed, adding that harassment in the name of cow protection was not limited to a particular state but had become a national issue.

The PM?should have made a statement on atrocities on dalits and cow vigilante groups in Parliament. It would have given an opportunity to the opposition members to raise questions over the issue and it would have also fixed the central government’s responsibility.

Mayawati condemned union minister Anupriya Patel’s demand for a review in reservation of government jobs for scheduled castes and other backward classes.

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